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List Of The Top 20 Best RPG Games For Every Gamer

Posted by: In: Everyday, Review 20 Dec 2018 Comments: 0

RPG games are easily one of the most loved for the PC gamer, offering a chance to step into another reality and truly feel as though you’re living it. Over the years, we’ve seen so many great titles come our way so we’re here to look at 20 of the best RPG games that have ever been made for the PC.

Role-playing games continue to be one of the toughest to define because there are now so many that fit within the genre. At its most basic, a classic RPG lets you play the role of someone else, and although these might have progressed far from their humble beginnings of tabletop RPGs to the computer screen, we still know a good one when we see it.

RPGs remain a favorite among PC gamers, and with good reason. It’s rare to find this much enjoyment from a single game in another genre and the possibilities are seemingly endless. With that in mind, we’re here to look back at 20 of the best RPG games ever made and what made them such an instant classic.

Fallout 2 PC

We’re not denying that the first Fallout was epic, but the second game took the world and expanded it beyond our wildest dreams. You get a whole new perspective because you’re playing as a wilder this time, and we think that made it a lot more enjoyable. For those completely new to Fallout, it’s recommended to start with this one as it’s much better than the first and then try the classic. Made in 1998, it still holds up today some 20 years later.

Dark Souls Prepare-to-die edition PC-DVD

The 2011 classic might not be what some people consider an RPG due to the fact that you don’t have to level up to move forward, but in our eyes it definitely is. There’s a world of exploration at your fingertips and you must use your keen eye and sense to pick up clues and figure out what to do next. Sure, it’s hard, but what good RPG isn’t? This is a game you can devote hours to and feel satisfied with the reward.

#18: South Park: The Stick Of Truth

South Park:  The Stick of Truth - PC

There are no rules that state for an RPG to work it has to be deadpan serious the whole time, and South Park proved that with The Stick of Truth. Made in conjunction with Obsidian in 2014, this shouldn’t have worked on so many levels, and yet it did. You play the role of the four main characters as they work their way through challenges, and it uses all of the standard RPG rules that you’d expect to find in a more serious game. Somehow, it just comes together and works.


Arx Fatalis (PC) by JoWood

Now 16 years old, the technology used in this one might have dated a bit, but the fun certainly hasn’t. Arx Fatalis let you control the magic system in this game and created a completely immersive dungeon experience that calls to the fans of RPG. The best part is having to memorize runes and then draw the image in the air using your mouse, with results that will make you feel as if you had real-life magic powers.

PLANESCAPE TORMENT

By far one of the most famous RPGs in history, Planescape: Torment follows the story of The Nameless One as he goes on a journey of self-discovery. Not only is the main challenge enthralling and engaging, but it’s got some of the best supporting characters and story development we’ve ever seen in an RPG, including a witty floating skull named Morte. Now almost 20 years old, this one has not aged a bit and still presents a real and thrilling challenge.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

There’s no way we could have an RPG list without at least one of The Elder Scrolls titles on it, so this is the first of two. Morrowind signaled a real change for this genre and allowed you to journey for virtual miles without ever encountering a loading screen. There is a thriving community who continues to make mods for this 16-year-old game, and although the graphics might not be up to today’s standards, you’ll be hard pressed finding another story that is.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition - PC

Another entry for The Elder Scrolls is the hugely successful Skryim. There’s no way that you could finish or explore all of this game, and if you managed to, there would be some mod waiting around the corner to change all of that. This game will get you lost for hours at a time discovering dragons or battling with others, and it seems there’s no end to the fun you can have.  It’s impossible not to engage with the characters in this game, which is the tell of a truly great RPG.


Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition - PC

Dragons are pretty standard when it comes to RPG titles, but none have done it better than Dragon Age: Origins. Their goal was to recreate the feel of Baldur’s Gate and they’ve been pretty successful, so if you’re chasing some nostalgia this is the way to go. You’ll be fully in charge of combat and give out orders as needed, so the fate of this world is literally in your hands. There’s no better way to play an RPG than with this type of virtual power, especially when dragons are involved.

#12: Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Ultima VII: The Black Gate

We’re taking it way back now with the 1992 classic Ultima VII: The Black Gate. This was the first time that the gaming world got to witness what was possible with these types of adventures, and even though the graphics are super old by now, it’s still a thrill to play. The Black Gate starts off with a double homicide that’s up to you to solve and leads you on a spiritual journey, which is more than we can say for most games nowadays.

#11 Tyranny

Tyranny Commander Edition (PC DVD)

Tyranny takes the traditional lead role in an RPG and flips it on its head, with you being in control of someone evil for a change. This is a truly creative game that will make you feel as though you were playing something from the nineties, but only it was released in 2016. You’ll be charged with helping out Kyros the Overlord and doing all of the dirty work, which is a whole lot of fun and a challenge. This game gives real-time combat with a mix of fantasy, so it ticks all of the boxes for what a great RPG should be.

#10: Path of Exile

Path of Exile

As the only free game on our list, there’s no excuse not to check out Path of Exile. This RPG lets you use your brain power to construct builds that will get you through the game, but it’s extremely challenging at the best of times. The graphics might not be as good as some others, but it will have you focused for hours and willing to try anything to beat it. Leveling up gives you important changes to your character, but you’ll need to defeat the enemy in order to progress.

Neverwinter Nights 2 (Limited Edition)

Released in 2003, people were pretty excited to see how Obsidian would top the first Neverwinter Nights made by Bioware. They managed to do it with ease, it would seem, and this is one of those great RPGs that will have you laughing as well as challenging yourself, with a  lot of the humor that older style games used to have. Neverwinter Nights 2 was released in 2003 but can easily stand up to modern titles in so many ways, so it’s definitely one to check out.

Pillars of Eternity II - Deadfire - Obsidian Edition - Windows, Mac & Linux

One of the newer titles on our list but still great nonetheless, and with the Obsidian name behind it you don’t have to wonder how good it will be. Deadfire takes place on the sea, so you’ll have to learn how to command that, along with everything else. When you hit land, the format changes completely to look more like a classic RPG so they’ve managed to stay true to the genre while modernizing things a bit.


Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition - PlayStation 4 Complete Edition

There aren’t many RPGs around that come close to the beauty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and every small detail that’s been accounted to add to this greatness. Released in 2015, it’s still relatively new and not lacking in any of the gameplay. The best thing about the game is the number and quality of quests available that will keep you engaged and challenged from start to finish. These quests aren’t just fun, but they delve into real life social issues and will cause you to think more than once, so it’s perfect for those looking for a little more from their gaming.

#6: Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn

For those who prefer their RPG with a little more grit, check out Grim Dawn. This RPG is unlike the others on our list, and it allows you to get down and dirty. You’ll fight demons and warlords as you make your way around and through their worlds, and never with the feeling that you’re in some pansy fantasy land. Grim Dawn focuses on one thing: destroying armies, so don’t play it if you’re expecting to be taken on a bunch of quests and mini-challenges.


Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition (PS4)

If you like to do your RPG gaming with friends, look no further than Divinity: Original Sin 2. This amazing RPG is fairly new compared to others on our list, and it boasts the unique ability to be able to play with three other people. What makes this game a standout is the sheer volume of choices you have, and the ability to always find a way to do something even when it seems there are no options left.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Limited Steelbook Edition - PlayStation 4

The PC version of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was released in 2018, much to player’s delight, and it’s still known as the best of the bunch. This game features the now famous gambit system which lets you program your party members down to the finest detail, making for a completely unique gaming experience. Sure, it might not be up to scratch with the streaming we’re used to today, but it definitely gets the job done.


Anachronox (UK)

Have you ever been playing Final Fantasy and thought it needed more of a Western tone? Apparently that’s what game developer Tom Hall thought when he created his first and only RPG, Anachronox. This game is western meets aliens and you’ll find yourself having a little too much fun with the dialogue. It’s witty, challenging, and has far more personality than most RPGs could ever wish for today, so definitely one to try out.

Undertale Nintendo Switch Standard Edition

This is a cartoonish looking RPG that makes plenty of references to the other greats in its genres, but if you can get past the first few minutes you’ll see it’s so much more. Undertale lets you make all of the decisions and gives you an immersive storyline to follow, earning it a very rightful place on our list of the best RPG games.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition - PlayStation 4

The creators of this game never said they were going to do anything new, quite the opposite in fact, as it feels more like a nod to other greats in the genre. However, Pillars of Eternity is by far one of the best RPG games around thanks to the skillful writing and amazing storyline. The graphics seem dated but it kind of adds to the nostalgic feel. Released in 2015, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a lot older, but it’s got all the makings of a terrific RPG.

Comparison Table

Game Title

Summary

Rating

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition - PlayStation 4

Pillars of Eternity is by far one of the best RPG games around thanks to the skillful writing and amazing storyline.

Undertale Nintendo Switch Standard Edition

This is a cartoonish looking RPG that makes plenty of references to the other greats in its genres, but if you can get past the first few minutes you’ll see it’s so much more. 


Anachronox (UK)

This game is western meets aliens and you’ll find yourself having a little too much fun with the dialogue. It’s witty, challenging, and has far more personality than most RPGs could ever wish for today, so definitely one to try out.

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE [Online Game Code]

This game features the now famous gambit system which lets you program your party members down to the finest detail, making for a completely unique gaming experience. Sure, it might not be up to scratch with the streaming we’re used to today, but it definitely gets the job done.


Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition (PS4)

What makes this game a standout is the sheer volume of choices you have, and the ability to always find a way to do something even when it seems there are no options left.

Grim Dawn

This RPG is unlike the others on our list, and it allows you to get down and dirty. You’ll fight demons and warlords as you make your way around and through their worlds, and never with the feeling that you’re in some pansy fantasy land. 


Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition - PlayStation 4 Complete Edition

The best thing about the game is the number and quality of quests available that will keep you engaged and challenged from start to finish. These quests aren’t just fun, but they delve into real life social issues and will cause you to think more than once, so it’s perfect for those looking for a little more from their gaming

Pillars of Eternity II - Deadfire - Obsidian Edition - Windows, Mac & Linux

Deadfire takes place on the sea, so you’ll have to learn how to command that, along with everything else. When you hit land, the format changes completely to look more like a classic RPG so they’ve managed to stay true to the genre while modernizing things a bit.

Neverwinter Nights 2 (Limited Edition)

Released in 2003, people were pretty excited to see how Obsidian would top the first Neverwinter Nights made by Bioware. They managed to do it with ease, it would seem, and this is one of those great RPGs that will have you laughing as well as challenging yourself, with a  lot of the humor that older style games used to have. Neverwinter Nights 2 was released in 2003 but can easily stand up to modern titles in so many ways, so it’s definitely one to check out.

Path of Exile

This RPG lets you use your brain power to construct builds that will get you through the game, but it’s extremely challenging at the best of times. The graphics might not be as good as some others, but it will have you focused for hours and willing to try anything to beat it. 

Tyranny Commander Edition (PC DVD)

This is a truly creative game that will make you feel as though you were playing something from the nineties, but only it was released in 2016. You’ll be charged with helping out Kyros the Overlord and doing all of the dirty work, which is a whole lot of fun and a challenge. 

Ultima VII: The Black Gate

This was the first time that the gaming world got to witness what was possible with these types of adventures, and even though the graphics are super old by now, it’s still a thrill to play. The Black Gate starts off with a double homicide that’s up to you to solve and leads you on a spiritual journey, which is more than we can say for most games nowadays.


Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition - PC

You’ll be fully in charge of combat and give out orders as needed, so the fate of this world is literally in your hands. There’s no better way to play an RPG than with this type of virtual power, especially when dragons are involved.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition - PC

This game will get you lost for hours at a time discovering dragons or battling with others, and it seems there’s no end to the fun you can have.  It’s impossible not to engage with the characters in this game, which is the tell of a truly great RPG.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Morrowind signaled a real change for this genre and allowed you to journey for virtual miles without ever encountering a loading screen. There is a thriving community who continues to make mods for this 16-year-old game, and although the graphics might not be up to today’s standards, you’ll be hard pressed finding another story that is.

PLANESCAPE TORMENT

By far one of the most famous RPGs in history, Planescape: Torment follows the story of The Nameless One as he goes on a journey of self-discovery. Not only is the main challenge enthralling and engaging, but it’s got some of the best supporting characters and story development we’ve ever seen in an RPG, including a witty floating skull named Morte. Now almost 20 years old, this one has not aged a bit and still presents a real and thrilling challenge.


Arx Fatalis (PC) by JoWood

Arx Fatalis let you control the magic system in this game and created a completely immersive dungeon experience that calls to the fans of RPG. The best part is having to memorize runes and then draw the image in the air using your mouse, with results that will make you feel as if you had real-life magic powers.

South Park:  The Stick of Truth - PC

Made in conjunction with Obsidian in 2014, this shouldn’t have worked on so many levels, and yet it did. You play the role of the four main characters as they work their way through challenges, and it uses all of the standard RPG rules that you’d expect to find in a more serious game. Somehow, it just comes together and works.

Dark Souls Prepare-to-die edition PC-DVD

There’s a world of exploration at your fingertips and you must use your keen eye and sense to pick up clues and figure out what to do next. Sure, it’s hard, but what good RPG isn’t? This is a game you can devote hours to and feel satisfied with the reward.

Fallout 2 PC

You get a whole new perspective because you’re playing as a wilder this time, and we think that made it a lot more enjoyable. For those completely new to Fallout, it’s recommended to start with this one as it’s much better than the first and then try the classic. Made in 1998, it still holds up today some 20 years later.

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